B y Krystle S. Morey

Granville Elementary School will have a new leader next week.
Stacey Roberts, who has been principal since July 2015, resigned on Sept. 22.
Roberts is leaving Granville to take an administrative position in the Ballston Spa Central School District as coordinator of elementary curriculum and instruction, a district-wide position working with administrators and teachers at four large elementary buildings to develop instructional programming in all content areas.
“I am looking forward to providing embedded professional development, ensuring data driven instruction, developing curriculum for 21st century learners,” Roberts said.
Roberts is excited for the new opportunity, but said she will miss her colleagues and students in Granville.
“This has been a difficult decision because I have thoroughly enjoyed working with every student at GES. It has been a pleasure working with staff,” she said.
Roberts added: “I have been very impressed with the administrative team and their willingness to put the time and effort into practices that focus on what’s best for students.”
The Board of Education accepted Roberts’ resignation at its meeting Monday. Her last day on the job is Oct. 23.
The board also voted Monday to hire an interim leader for the school.
Christopher Ellis will take over Oct. 24 as interim principal on the recommendation of school Superintendent Mark Bessen.
Ellis will be paid $400 a day, without benefits, until a permanent administrator is hired. His role will expire “on approximately June 30, 2017.”
A Granville native, Ellis holds a valid and permanent School District Administration/Supervisor Certificate dated Sept. 1, 1986. He served as an interim principal at the elementary school before Roberts was hired.
Ellis served at assistant principal at Granville High School from 1990 until he retired in 2003. He was a teacher in the district for two years before that and he’s a Granville Class of 1964 alumni.

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